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Exporting Designspark .sch and .pcb to open on orCAD

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  • Graham Fick

    Can someone please try and help with this?

     

    Thanks

     

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  • Boss .

    Hi Graham, sorry but I don't think it's possible from other posts I have seen.
    Orcad has limited importing and DSPCB does not really export anything useful for other CAD systems.

    I don't know if anyone else will chip in, but think very few people will have actually tried this route.

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  • Brad Levy

    DS PCB can export a generic netlist for the schematic, which Spice (for example) can use. Orcad may or may not be able to make some use of that. But on the PCB side, you are pretty much out of luck.

     

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  • Brad Levy

    Actually, my statement was overly pessimistic. Some packages (like Eagle 8.x and Eagle 7.5) can import gerber files. And DS PCB can output standard gerber files. Note that this isn't as useful as a direct translation from DSPCB PCB format to Eagle (or Orcad) format, as gerber files are a low level description of the geometry, not a higher-level description of the entities involved and their matchup to the schematic/netlist. But it can be useful for combining multiple boards into a panel to be fabricated and populated together before being separated into individual boards at the end of the manufacturing process. (Most board houses have software specifically designed for that process, though, so it doesn't always have to be done in-house.)

    To the best of my knowledge, though, Orcad is not among the CAD programs that can directly import generic gerber files.
    (According to one youtube video, it can import gerbers, but only gerbers produced by its own software, not from other packages.)

    So one question is whether they want to bring it in to Orcad so to do further schematic and PCB high level editing and producing one combined interconnected board as a result. Or whether it is simpler like panelizing for manufacturing. Or a third possibility, for milling to produce a prototype board in-house. If the latter is the case, DesignSpark PCB can produce appropriate gerbers for that purpose.

    This longer answer won't necessarily help your situation, but I wanted to explain it in case it might be useful to others with limited enough needs in the import-from-DesignSpark PCB category.

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  • Graham Fick

    Thanks Brad

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  • James Head

    If you need to import your design in to a more professional product then I would recommend Pulsonix from West Dev. You can rent a temporary license if needed or get a permanent one at a reasonable cost.

    Pulsonix easily imports many design formats including DesignSpark and also has an inteligent gerber import.

    Cadence Allegro and Orcad are dire at importing designs from other sources, Cadence deliberately use a non-standard format of EDIF too that they try to restict to their own product however it can be imported into competitor products, but if you're using Heirarchal design you have to be a little more careful.

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  • Brad Levy

    DS PCB is kind of a relative of Pulsonix, as well, so DS PCB users will find the transition to Pulsonix easier than to some other packages.

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  • Graham Fick

    Thanks James/Brad

     

    I have thought about other software in the past, mainly for things like exporting .step files. At the moment I use DS to produce the IDF files, I then import them into DS mechanical and modify them so they look realitivy good. I then save them as .stl then import them into FreeCAD. I am then able to convert the mesh into a solid file to then export as a .step.

    But I have been using DS for years and have always been put of swapping software due to the time taken for the learning curve, so good to know Pulsonix is very closely related.

    I normally use LTSpice for simulations, but intersting to actually do it in software..

    All I would need is decent PCB thermal analysys to top it off.

    Any idea on costs for Pulsonix?

     

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  • James Head

    Yes, Pulsonix will be a little familiar to DesignSpark users but packs a lot more features and capabilities in.

    Orcad 17 with the cut down Allegro PCB Editor lets you import PADS, Allegro, PCAD and Eagle.

    There's an Import Artwork that lets you import Gerber files however you will need to rename them to .art

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